Tupac Shakur’s recent resurrection at Coachella 2012 has created a swarm of buzz around the art of holograms. A few artists have done so with varying success, including Gorillaz hologram-projection a few years back that stunned audiences.
It is no secret that Dr. Dre was the main creative visionary for the Coachella Tupac appearance. During the 80’s and especially the 90’s, Tupac and Dr. Dre recorded together and were close friends as they grew through the game and exploded into the mainstream with NWA and Tupac’s “All Eyez on Me” in 1996.
“I’m not sure right now- a technology that’s happening where the hologram could be 360 degrees. Right now it’s flat, it just looks like it’s 3-dimensional from the front, but I’m working on some new and different things for the future.”
AV Concepts are the technological force behind the project, and Dr. Dre is the visionary in projecting the hologram technology into escalating recognition and success. Of course the big question is- will Tupac be on tour? When asked Dre said “Thinking about it, nothing for sure.”
Vague. But he is in favor of expanding the idea into different genres and outlets. “Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists. Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Let’s see what happens.”
This could be the very beginning of an amazing new innovation in the music medium, or a sporadically used surprise that remains an expensive niche. Time will tell.
Image Source, Coachella 2012 AV Concepts Tupac and Snoop Dogg Live
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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